Michael R. Anderson testifying in a civil case last month in Marshfield. A court clerk won million in a damage suit against Anderson. 

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A Webster

County  jury on Tuesday 

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Texas County Prosecutor Michael R. Anderson liable for malicious

prosecution in a case brought against him by a justice center

clerk. 

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It

assessed actual damages of $500,000 and punitive damages of

$500,000. It found for Anderson on an abuse of process

claim.

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Mildred S.

Williams alleged in her lawsuit that Prosecutor Michael R. Anderson

retaliated against her after she witnessed his sexual harassment of

another county employee Monica Daniels Hutchison.

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Anderson

in 2006 filed a lawsuit alleging wrong-doing by Williams and

Hutchison and claimed they were operating a sex ring from the Texas

County seat of government. He dropped it about 40 days

later.

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Both women

later sued Anderson.  Williams alleged Anderson attempted to keep

her from testifying against him by intimidation or

coercion. 

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brought against the prosecutor from Hutchison were settled out of

court in the spring and the outcome sealed.

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Williams’

charges and others played out before the jury beginning a week ago

in Marshfield. Testimony often conflicted, and Anderson denied the

allegations. At about 3:35 p.m., the jury returned its verdict.

Three-quarters of the jurors were required to agree. 

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Attorneys

for both gave closing arguments Tuesday morning before Howell

County Associate Circuit Judge Don M. Henry, who presided over the

case on a change of venue from Texas County. 

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